Staffordshire University is a university in Staffordshire, England. It has two main campuses based in the city of Stoke-on-Trent and in the county town of Stafford, with other campuses in Lichfield and Shrewsbury. In 1901 industrialist Alfred Bolton acquired a 2-acre (8,100 m2) site on what is now College Road and in 1906 mining classes began there. By 1907 teaching of pottery classes followed, being transferred from Tunstall into temporary buildings. In 1914 the building now known as the Cadman Building was officially opened as the Central School of Science and Technology. In 1939 new engineering workshops were occupied for the first time and the land opposite the Cadman Building was purchased. By 1950 Victoria Road changed its name to College Road and the site now extended over 12 acres (49,000 m2). In September 1988 the institution changed its name to Staffordshire Polytechnic. In 1992 it became Staffordshire University, one of the New Universities.
The university has two main campuses, four smaller campuses, and extensive links with National, European and Transnational academic institutions.
The two main campuses (Stoke-on-Trent and Stafford) and the Lichfield campus all have purpose built Business Villages. These have fully furnished small office spaces with internet access. The main campus is in Shelton, Stoke-on-Trent, and primarily offers law, business, sciences, applied computing, engineering, arts, design, journalism and media production courses. These are split into two areas, one on College Road, and the other on Leek Road. A new Science and Technology facility was opened in 2012 as part of a major redevelopment adjacent to Stoke-on-Trent railway station. The old science building on the College Road campus, Mellor building has since been refubished to form the new home of the School of Engineering (which moved from the Stafford Beaconside campus) in 2013 and applied computing which moved from Brindley building in 2013. A large section of the campus is supported by AirNet, the university's free wireless connection.
A public film theatre is situated on the side of the Flaxman building on College Road, and shows mainstream and independent films on a regular basis to an audience of up to 180 people, as well as being used for large lectures. In 2006, a new TV studio facility was opened by former BBC Director General Greg Dyke in the Arts, Media and Design faculty building on College Road, Stoke. The new £1 million development features up-to-date technology and industry specification equipment. The Beacon side campus in the town of Stafford offers technology and computing courses, nursing, midwifery and mental health on the campus. The Beacon side campus consists of the Octagon building which houses the computer facilities.
- School of Art and Design
- School of Media and Performing Arts
- Business School
- School of Science and Technology
- School of Health and Education
- School of Law
Staffordshire University has more than 11,795 Undergraduate students and 3,395 postgraduate students enrolled in different programs.
Staffordshire University Students' Union aims to represent students at the university. Constitutionally it is governed by the student body via referendums, which annually elect a student council which is responsible for the organization of the Union. The day to day operation of the union is handled by five Sabbatical Officers and four student trustees, who are held to account by the Council. All officer positions, bar the five sabbatical officers, work on a part-time basis.